Marine Masters Summer Course
NIOZ offers an annual Marine Masters Summer Course that gives insight into state-of-the-art marine research. This introductory, multidisciplinary course is hosted at NIOZ Texel, with the western Wadden Sea as hands-on research area.
Have you always dreamt of becoming the next Jacques Cousteau? Are you fascinated by the deep oceans, a world more unknown to us as the galaxy? Or do you want to know more about life in and on the mud of the coastal tidal flats? NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research offers an introductory, multidisciplinary oceanography masters’ summer course which gives insight into state-of-the-art marine research in the Netherlands. The course covers physics, chemistry, biology, geology as the pillars of oceanography, and offers practical experience in marine research. It is hosted at NIOZ Texel and uses the western Wadden Sea as hands-on research area.
Learning objectives of the course are to:
- identify current topics in the marine sciences, ranging from marine biology, physical oceanography and marine chemistry to marine geology;
- identify and describe methods of sampling and observation commonly used in oceanography, including techniques and instruments used on research vessels;
- conduct a group-based research project using basic sampling techniques to collect data in the field, perform laboratory analyses, analyse and interpret obtained data and prepare a presentation of the results;
- present and discuss research results in a multidisciplinary framework.
The course includes a pre-course reading assignment, classroom lectures, field- and lab work, data analysis and an oral presentation. First, a series of introductory lectures on physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine geology and marine ecology will be given, later followed by presentations on selected topics representing current research activities at NIOZ. Various equipment and methods of sampling and data collection in the field and in the NIOZ labs will be demonstrated. A major part of the course will be devoted to individual research projects, which will be supervised by researchers from NIOZ. Students will sample and collect data in small groups in the western Wadden Sea on the research vessels Navicula and Stern and/or on the tidal flats in the first week of the course. This will be followed by laboratory work, analysis and interpretation of acquired data and the preparation of a presentation in week two. Assessment will be based on demonstrated performance during practical work, data analysis and the oral presentation of the results at the end of the course. In order to get an idea of the kind of projects the course is offering, please have a look at the descriptions of the student projects of the 2019 NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course. You can also read the student blogs (2017, 2018, 2019) to find out about the students' experiences.
The course is open to students with a BSc degree in studies related to oceanography from Dutch as well as foreign universities. BSc students who have completed their Bachelor course work, but have not yet obtained their degree, can also apply. Applications by students in their first or second year of their master studies will be given priority. The course is limited to 40 students. Proficiency in English is required.
NIOZ will inform the student's university about his/her participation in the course as well as the student's grade. Participation is rewarded with 3 - 4 ECTS, depending on university (ECTS will be granted by the student's university).
Unfortunately, due to the corona virus pandemic, it is uncertain when the course can take place again. We do not know yet if the NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course can be offered in July 2021. Please keep an eye on this webpage therefore. Registration for the next Marine Masters Summer Course will be possible via a link on this webpage.
Course location, accommodation and course fee
The course is held at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on Texel. Participants will be staying at the Potvis Campus, ‘t Horntje, Texel, in 4- or 5-person dormitory rooms or other similar accommodation close-by. A contribution is charged for lodging and meals.
For all other inquiries:
Dörte Poszig, education coordinator